Have you seen Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story yet? The new Netflix series, which is now streaming on the platform, takes us into a fictionalized retelling of murderer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer’s life and the story of his victims.
The serial killer murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Some of his murders also involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts. It is hard to believe he got away with so much violence for so long.
Unfortunately, part of that was due to systemic racism and its impact on the police force. With Dahmer being a white man and his victims usually underprivileged people of color, he somehow committed the acts in plain sight.
Evan Peters gives a haunting and harrowing performance that brings the show’s version of Dahmer to life all too well. The talented actor is great at portraying quiet and awkward characters with a dark side. And then, when Dahmer kills, it’s like a switch goes off. A part of bringing this horrendous character to life onscreen is the way Peters has chosen to speak. What accent does he use?
Was Jeffrey Dahmer Canadian?
Jeffrey Dahmer was not Canadian. The accent Peters uses in the show is the American Midwestern accent. Dahmer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was mostly raised between Wisconsin and Doylestown, Ohio where his family later moved. He spent most of his life between the two states, which are both in the Midwest, hence the accent.
Along with Peters as Dahmer, the series also stars Richard Jenkins as Lionel Dahmer, Molly Ringwald as Shari Dahmer, Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland, and Michael Learned as Catherine Dahmer
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now streaming its 10-episode season on Netflix.